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Iowa City Mother Accused in Drunk Toddler Case Arrested on Warrant

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa City mother who was supposed to be tried in September on accusations she gave her toddler alcohol has been arrested after she failed to appear for her pretrial conference two months ago.

A Johnson County judge on Sept. 17 issued a $20,000 warrant for the arrest of Natasha Kriener, 27, charged with child endangerment causing bodily injury and neglect or abandonment, both felonies.

Kriener was supposed to be tried on those charges Sept. 25, but she disappeared until being arrested again on Nov. 1, according to online court records. She's now scheduled for trial Feb. 12.

Kriener originally was arrested Feb. 17 after police said her son's father took the child to the emergency room on Feb. 15 because the boy was crying and had poor balance, according to a criminal complaint. The father had picked up the child for a weekly visit when he discovered the symptoms.

The boy's blood-alcohol level was recorded at .097, over the .08 level required for an adult to be convicted of drunken driving, according to Iowa City police. The boy was showing signs of intoxication including poor balance, discomfort, and he was crying, the complaint states.

When officers spoke with Kriener that night about her son's hospitalization, her blood-alcohol content level was .251, according to the complaint. The toddler's older sibling told investigators that his brother "drank pop and got sick," police reported.

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